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Monsoons leave trail of destruction across India

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 01:16

More than a million people in India have been forced to flee to higher ground and rescue shelters as monsoon season dumps record rainfall on the region. Nathan Frandino reports.

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India's monsoons are sweeping through the country with devastating effect...leaving more than a million people under water. Incessant rains have inundated rivers, submerging more than 2,100 low-lying villages. Homes have been dragged away in the floodwaters. Here in the West Bengal state, local lawmaker Rabindra Nath Ghosh says rescue operations are underway. (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) LEGISLATOR, COOCH BEHAR, RABINDRA NATH GHOSH, SAYING: "Around 500,000 people have been affected due to heavy rainfall in seven districts. We are rescuing them and have arranged for food and shelter for them in rescue centres." The rains - though vital for agriculture and 263 million farmers - regularly bring death and destruction. The monsoons can cause devastating landslides, floods and water-borne diseases. In the northern Uttar Pradesh state, children are commuting to school via boat. So far the monsoon season has dropped 4 percent more rainfall than average. Hundreds of thousands now hope for relief before it's too late.

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Monsoons leave trail of destruction across India

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 01:16